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April 24, 2007 > Local artist featured at Portola Art Gallery

Local artist featured at Portola Art Gallery

Capturing the essence of nature through the media of oils, acrylics and pastels Linda Patterson's paintings are inspired by her appreciation and reverence for the natural environment. Luminous landscapes evoke a feeling of tranquility and serenity. Paintings of wetlands, hilly vistas and vanishing rural landscapes of the bay area are celebrated in springtime splendor. The brilliant glow of California Poppies illuminates hillsides and valleys sprinkled with an array of colorful wildflowers invites the viewer into the open space of the rural landscape.

Baylands birdlife, amid cattails and tules are revealed in their vital habitat throughout her paintings which are timeless and unencumbered by the footprint of man. She has worked with Environmental groups throughout the Bay Area to preserve and protect wetlands and open space for over 20 years. As a wetlands artist she was selected to create the concrete wildlife murals along the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail in Santa Clara, CA where she designed and sculpted clay for 15 different murals showing the native flora, fauna and habitat, found along the creek corridor. The public art currently includes over a half a mile of her murals, repeated and located at 8 underpasses. (To view this project, visit her website at www.lindapattersondesign.com).

As a result of the project, concrete artist Linda Patterson has been invited to be a keynote speaker on Sustainability, "Designing Concrete for the Visual Environment", at the International Congress in Dundee, Scotland. She earned her BA and teaching credential from the University of Wisconsin, MS and California teaching credential from California State University Hayward and an MFA in Art from San Francisco State University. Linda's art is in corporate and private collections internationally.

"California Landscape Paintings" by Linda Patterson
May 1 - 31

Artists Reception, Saturday May 12, from 12 - 4 p.m.

Portola Art Gallery
Mon .- Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park
(650) 321-0220
www.portolaartgallery.com


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